The hostilities of the Korean War ended in July of 1953. Ever since, America has maintained a military presence at the demilitarized zone on the 38th parallel dividing North and South Korea, ensuring the security of our South Korean allies. This is because, technically, the Korean War is still on. There never was a peace treaty ending the three-year war.
In the ensuing years, the Kim family solidified their position as the rulers of North Korea, enacting policies that curbed development that led to a famine. Though North Koreans live under an authoritarian dictatorship that has ingrained them with a God-like reverence for the ruling family, there is still a rich history and culture north of the 38th.
A new American administration means new policies in dealing with North Korea, and in recent weeks the tensions between the two countries have been escalating steadily.